Medical Student Research Elective

Thank you for your interest in our Emergency Medicine Research elective at Emory University School of Medicine. Our elective is a four-week course.  The majority of the student's research experience is at Grady Memorial Hospital, which is our primary teaching site for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program and is the primary site of data collection for our clinical experience.

A percentage of the student's time may be spent at Emory University Hospital Midtown or Emory University Hospital. The ability to rotate through three hospitals provides the students with urban, community, and tertiary care emergency environments, providing a unique research experience and a better understanding of our training program in Emergency Medicine. This is a tremendous opportunity for any student with a specialty interest in Emergency Medicine and for students interested in learning about the acute care of ill and injured patients.



Students typically work on one ongoing Emergency Medicine research project during their elective. Specifically, students will participate in various stages of the process of conducting and evaluating research. The stages of the processes in which students participate depend on the status of the project and the student’s skills and interests, and may include data collection and entry, patient enrollment, database construction, chart review, and exposure to grant writing. Students will work as part of a research team within our department. Students will also have the option to participate in the Emergency Medicine elective medical student lectures and skills labs and to attend the weekly lectures of the Residency Program.

Human Subjects Ethics training and certification is mandatory for students to participate in healthcare research. We also require that students advance from the third to the fourth year of medical school and complete required rotations in internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics-gynecology.

Our rotation start dates are based on four-week rotations. Medical students are required to contact the Emergency Medicine department and the Dean’s office with any cancellations. Failure to contact our department with cancellations will be considered a failure of our course. Orientation for the Emergency Medicine elective is held on the third floor of the Steiner building. The scheduled time for orientation is noted with the start dates. You will be contacted by one of the research directors and/or the faculty mentor for a specific orientation to the research project.

Contact Us

Contact Us

We are confident that your educational experience at Emory University School of Medicine will be excellent.  If you have questions or would like additional information about Emory University's Research elective, please contact: 


David Wright, MD

Vice Chair for Research
Clerkship Director, Research
FOB Suite 126
49 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303